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At the 3 month follow up post ablaton with the EP wondering what I can expect in terms of medications. Given so far no AFIB episodes, is it reasonable for me to expect to be given the OK to discontinue flecainaide and xarelto?
jameskelly, April 20, 2021 11:05am EST
I'm coming up on six months after Ablation, and I'm still on Xarelto. I have a follow up in June. My Doc said he'll evaluate, and MAYBE take me off Xarelto. Fingers crossed! You should followup with your Doc.
Andey, April 20, 2021 1:45pm EST
I think he/she might suggest a few more months just to be sure and that is not a bad thing. My experience after my first ablation was a few months of really short almost inperceptible AFIB bursts, followed by weeks of calm. It is frustrating but Xarelto is definitely the lessor of 2 evils. I stopped Xarelto ( I was being stubborn and stupid and after a few months of feeling ok thought it might be ok - that was my decision not my doctor's) and ended up with a CVA which thankfully did not leave life altering damage but i was more lucky than right. So, just wait a bit longer - you seem to be doing great and i'm sure your EP will (even if it feels like forever!) steer you correctly.
bfboca, April 21, 2021 7:25am EST
Hi Judy. Re: Flecainide and Xarelto. I think it may be reasonalble for your EP to stop flecainide within 6 months of your ablation assuming you are event free. But if so, ask him about a pill in the pocket back-up plan in case of an event after going flecainide free. Remember to ask strength of pill, etc. Regarding your use of Xarelto, I wouldn't be in any rush to stop taking it. Personally I've been ablated for Afib and continue taking Eliquis as a safety meausure in case there are silent asympthomatic events happening now and then that I'm unaware of. Best of luck with you and your EP's decisions. Bob
maggieNC, April 21, 2021 9:24am EST
Judy - My husband - been a little over a year since his ablation. We were given a choice on Eliquis at 3 months and stayed with it. The flecainaide was stopped 2 months after the ablation. He was started on metoprolol at 1/2 the lowest dose (12.5 mg) 8 months after due to isolated VTs picked up on the Zio monitor. Word is he "looks good"... He feels great!